We discuss the War on Christmas (and how Christmas is clearly winning) Indy pontificates on the classic, but surprisingly solemn, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Samantha recounts the twists, turns, and switches of Netflix’s The Princess Switch Trilogy, and we preview next week’s festive watch The Muppet Christmas Carol.


A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special. It is the first TV special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS on December 9, 1965. In the special, Charlie Brown finds himself depressed despite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a neighborhood Christmas play, but his best efforts are ignored and mocked by his peers when he chooses a real, but puny, Christmas tree as a centerpiece. After Linus speaks of the true meaning of Christmas, the neighborhood decorates the tree as a Christmas gift to Charlie Brown.


The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Mike Rohl from a screenplay by Robin Bernheim and Megan Metzger. The film stars Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar.
The film's concept of two people running into one another who look identical and switch places comes from Mark Twain's 1881 novel The Prince and the Pauper.
It was released on November 16, 2018, by Netflix. It was followed by a sequel, The Princess Switch: Switched Again, which premiered on November 19, 2020 and The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star, which premiered on November 18, 2021.

The Muppet Christmas Carol Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1YumE28SPw&ab_channel=VHSafterlife

We watched Nancy Meyer’s Something’s Gotta Give and are discussing the performances of stars Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, & Keanu Reeves, scream crying, talking directly to your audience, dangerous CPR techniques, beige clothes, romance, & more!

Something's Gotta Give is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written, produced and directed by Nancy Meyers. It stars Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton as a successful 60-something and 50-something, who find love for each other in later life, despite being complete opposites. Keanu Reeves and Amanda Peet co-star, with Frances McDormand, Paul Michael Glaser, Jon Favreau, and KaDee Strickland playing key supporting roles.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics, and was a box office hit, grossing $266 million worldwide. For her performance Keaton received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, while Nicholson received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

131 The Other Mrs. Miller, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, & Something’s Gotta Give Preview


Samantha Recommends The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison Dickson and her favourite audiobook readers, Indy has a Kurt Vonnegut update about Breakfast of Champions and the Kurt Vonneguys and talks about the police procedural / brilliant comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then Samantha hopes her high school self’s taste has improved as we get ready to watch Something’s Gotta Give.


Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police procedural comedy television series that aired on Fox, later airing on NBC from September 17, 2013, to September 16, 2021, after eight seasons and 153 episodes. It was created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur.

The series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). The rest of the cast features Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully.

The Other Mrs. Miller by Allison M. Dickson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42430774-the-other-mrs-miller

The Kurt Vonneguys: https://www.facebook.com/kurtvonneguys/

This week our discussion of Park Chan-wook’s I’m A Cyborg, But That’s Okay (싸이보그지만 괜찮아) covers sympathy, empathy, finger guns, the subjectivity of reality, the meaning of life, the 7 deadly sins, finger guns, representations of mental health, neuro divergence, and plenty of yawns.


I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Korean: 싸이보그지만 괜찮아; Ssaibogeujiman Gwaenchana) is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy film directed by Park Chan-wook, Staring Rain 정지훈 as Park Il-soon and Im Soo-jung 임수정 as Cha Young-goon

A young woman who believes she's a cyborg hears voices and harms herself while at work making radios. She's hospitalized in a mental institution where she eats nothing and talks to inanimate objects. She's Young-goon, granddaughter of a woman who thought she was a mouse (and whose dentures Young-goon wears) and a mother who's a butcher without much social grace. Young-goon comes to the attention of Il-sun, a ping-pong playing patient at the institution who makes it his goal to get her to eat. Will he succeed? Which way does sanity lie?


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Indy talks about Southern Hip-Hop pioneers The Geto Boys, Scarface, and his autobiography Diary of a Madman, Samantha recommends the Old Hollywood historical fiction The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and we introduce next week’s watch, the (sort of) romantic comedy I’m A Cyborg But That’s Okay from Korean auteur Park Chan-wook!


Brad Terrence Jordan (born November 9, 1970), better known by his stage name Scarface, is an American rapper and record producer best known as a member of the Geto Boys, a hip hop group from Houston, Texas.[2] He grew up in Houston and is originally from the city's South Acres (Crestmont Park) neighborhood.[3] In 2012, The Source ranked him #16 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time,[4] while About.com ranked him #6 on its list of the 50 Greatest MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).

The Geto Boys (originally spelled Ghetto Boys) is an American hip hop group originally formed in Houston, Texas. The group was formed in 1987.[1] The Geto Boys enjoyed success in the 1990s with the group's classic lineup consisting of Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D, earning several certified albums and hit singles, including "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" which reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The Geto Boys earned notoriety for lyrics covering controversial topics such as misogyny, gore, psychotic experiences, and necrophilia. About.com ranked the Geto Boys No. 10 on its list of the 25 Best Rap Groups of All-Time, describing them as "southern rap pioneers who paved the way for future southern hip-hop acts."


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a historical fiction novel by American author Taylor Jenkins Reid and published by Atria Books in 2017. The novel tells the story of the fictional Old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo, who at the age of 79 decides to give a final interview to an unknown journalist, Monique Grant. According to Reid, Evelyn Hugo was loosely based in part on actresses Elizabeth Taylor, who was married eight times to seven different men, and Ava Gardner, who revealed the secrets of her life to a journalist which was eventually published as Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations. Reid also discusses how Rita Hayworth was a big influence on the character Evelyn Hugo. Hayworth, whose father was a Spaniard, had a very similar start to Hugo which can be seen in the beginning of the novel.


Mind Playing Tricks on Me by Geto Boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJtHdkyo0hc&ab_channel=UPROXXVideo

Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IJCFc_qkHw&ab_channel=UPROXXVideo

October 25, 2021

128 Practical Magic (1998)

We’re discussing Practical Magic, a Sandra Bullock & Nicole Kidman film full of witches, ghosts, backwards horse riding, cactus pancakes, self stirring coffee cups, death beetles, and sisterhood. Sometimes. But usually not.

Plus controversial opinions on Fleetwood Mac and it's hanged, not hung. I guess it depends what you are talking about.


Practical Magic is a 1998 American romantic comedy fantasy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by Griffin Dunne and stars Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, Aidan Quinn, and Goran Višnjić.

Bullock and Kidman play sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, who have always known they were different from other people - they are witches. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but normal — their aunts fed them brownies for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But being a member of the Owens family carries a curse: The men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that could take away all the Owenses' lives.

Sam listens to the true crime podcast The Labyrinth, Indy goes puritan with the historical horror The VVitch, and we preview Sam's pick for next week's deep dive: Practical Magic. Plus: Aliens, libraries, the pandemic, disillusionment, middle-English, brown M&Ms, the Devil, magic crabs, Buffy, witches, & so much more!


Oh, the horror! Episode of Overdue Finds from EPL: https://overduefinds.libsyn.com/42-oh-the-horror

Makeshift Stories: https://makeshiftstories.com/

It’s a Conspiracy: https://itsaconspiracypodcast.com/

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Halloween season continues as we discuss the gothic supernatural horror The Orphanage (El Orfanato), a Spanish horror film full of spooky kids, great performances, grief, fairy tales, games, beautiful cinematography, red sweaters, and some good old fashioned terror.

The Orphanage (Spanish: El orfanato) is a 2007 Spanish gothic supernatural horror film and the debut feature of Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona. The film stars Belén Rueda as Laura, Fernando Cayo as her husband, Carlos, and Roger Príncep as their adopted son Simón. The plot centers on Laura, who returns to her childhood home, an orphanage. Laura plans to turn the house into a home for disabled children, but after an argument with Laura, Simón goes missing.


"The Monkey's Paw" is a supernatural short story by author W. W. Jacobs, first published in England in the collection The Lady of the Barge in 1902. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of The Monkey's Paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate. It has been adapted many times in other media, including The Twilight Zone, The Simpson’s, and Are You Afraid Of The Dark.

The Turkey’s a little dry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx8FXZI1bVY&ab_channel=Shaun%27sShitposts

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As we kick off our Halloween season, Indy reminisces about Norm MacDonald and reviews the cosmic horror Color Out Of Space, Sam tells us about Dangerous Lies on Netflix, and we preview The Orphanage (El Orphanato). Happy Spooktober!


Art by Lauren M. Peterson: lpeterson-art.com

Norm Macdonald & Courtney Thorne-Smith on Late Night with Conan O’Brien: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKmadR4Ye54&ab_channel=TeamCoco

Color Out Of Space Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfYAXMwCpk0&ab_channel=MovieTrailersSource

Dangerous Lies Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzJJo0whbJ4

The Orphanage Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfFu0Krifyc&ab_channel=alfinete99k

Norman Gene Macdonald (October 17, 1959[ii] – September 14, 2021) was a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor known for his deadpan style.

Early in his career, he wrote for the sitcom Roseanne. In 1993, Macdonald was hired as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL), spending a total of five seasons on the show, which included anchoring the show's Weekend Update segment for three and a half seasons,[1] during which time he also made guest appearances on shows such as The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio. After leaving SNL, he wrote and starred in the 1998 film Dirty Work and headlined his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.

In 2013, Macdonald started the video podcast chat show, Norm Macdonald Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he released Norm Macdonald Has a Show, a Netflix talk show with a similar premise to his podcast. Throughout his career, he appeared in numerous movies and was a regular favorite comedian panelist of talk show hosts such as Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Dennis Miller, and Howard Stern, with many considering him to be the ultimate late night comedy guest.[2] He was also a voice actor, best known for providing voice roles in Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Orville, and the Dr. Dolittle films.


Color Out of Space is a 2019 American science fiction Lovecraftian horror[8] film directed and co-written by Richard Stanley, based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft. It stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Elliot Knight, Madeleine Arthur, Q'orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong. This is Stanley's only feature film since his firing from The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996).[9] According to Stanley, it is the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations, which he hopes to continue with an adaptation of "The Dunwich Horror".


Dangerous Lies is a 2020 American thriller film, directed by Michael Scott from a screenplay by David Golden.[1] It stars Camila Mendes, Jessie T. Usher, Jamie Chung, Cam Gigandet, Sasha Alexander and Elliott Gould.[2] It was released on April 30, 2020, by Netflix.[3] In October 2020, Dangerous Lies was nominated for People's Choice Awards in the drama movie category.

September 27, 2021

124 Heathers (1989)

Cult classic, dark comedy, scathing satire, glamourization of violence? We discuss the complexities of Heathers, including; school shootings, croquet, performative mourning, Ronald Reagan, Teenage Suicide (don’t do it), cow tipping, & more!


Heathers is a 1989 American black comedy teen film[6] written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, in both of their respective film debuts. It stars Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker, and Penelope Milford. The film portrays four teenage girls—three of whom are named Heather—in a clique at an Ohio high school, one of whose lives is disrupted by the arrival of a misanthrope intent on murdering the popular students and staging their deaths as suicides.

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Sam watches Only Murders in the Building, a show about a true crime podcast, Indy relaxes with the adorably melancholic Rilakkuma and Kaoru, and we preview next week’s feature, the dark comedy Heathers!


Only Murders in the Building is an American mystery-comedy television series, created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman. The series consists of ten episodes and it premiered on August 31, 2021 on Hulu. Only Murders in the Building follows three strangers, played by Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, who share an obsession with a true crime podcast (modeled after Serial).[4][5] After a murder occurs in their building, the three neighbors decide to start their own show to follow their investigation. Only Murders in the Building received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its comedic approach to crime fiction and the performance of its three core characters.

Rilakkuma and Kaoru (リラックマとカオルさん, Rirakkuma to Kaoru-san) is a 2019 stop-motion animation series created by Dwarf Studio in cooperation with San-X that premiered on Netflix on April 19, 2019. On October 2020, it was announced another stop-motion series Rilakkuma's Theme Park Adventure will be released on Netflix. It will have the same production staff as the previous series.

September 13, 2021

122 Beetlejuice (1988)

This week we’re covering Tim Burton’s ghost with the most: Beetlejuice! We discuss its themes of acceptance, regaining innocence, unique blend of horror and comedy, reverse haunting, great performances, and more!

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American horror comedy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The plot revolves around a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) who become ghosts haunting their former home, and an obnoxious, devious poltergeist named Betelgeuse (pronounced and occasionally spelled Beetlejuice in the film and portrayed by Michael Keaton) from the Netherworld who tries to scare away the new inhabitants (Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, and Winona Ryder).

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This week. Indy recommends Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and may convert to Bokononism, Sam does some drunk yachting with Below Deck, and we preview next week’s feature; Beetlejuice.


Cat's Cradle is a satirical postmodern novel, with science fiction elements, by American writer Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut's fourth novel, it was first published in 1963, exploring and satirizing issues of science, technology, the purpose of religion, and the arms race, often through the use of black humor. After turning down his original thesis in 1947, the University of Chicago awarded Vonnegut his master's degree in anthropology in 1971 for Cat's Cradle.


Below Deck is an American reality television series on Bravo that debuted on July 1, 2013, developed by Mark Cronin, Rebecca Taylor Henning, and Doug Henning.[1][2] Announced in April 2012, Below Deck chronicles the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a superyacht during charter season.[3] It shows the crew as they deal with their personal issues in order to make their professional careers work.

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We’re heading back to high school, so remember to Save The Last Dance! We discuss the quality of the ballet performances, dance doubles, hip-hop, Julia Stiles' acting, Kerry Washington’s charisma, a surprising divergence into 10 year old Indy’s love of Onyx. Just in case you thought we could just enjoy this teen movie without getting into white privilege and cultural appropriation, you'd be wrong.

Also, turns out Malakai is a biblical name.


Save the Last Dance is a 2001 American teen dance film produced by MTV Productions, directed by Thomas Carter and released by Paramount Pictures on January 12, 2001. The film stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas as a teenage interracial couple in Chicago who work together to help the character played by Stiles, train for a dance audition. A direct-to-video sequel, Save the Last Dance 2, was released in 2006.

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Samantha reads the true crime memoir My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams, Indy takes a mystical journey to the kingdom of cats with Studio Ghibli’s The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し), and we preview next week’s feature the dance classic(?) Save The Last Dance.


The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated fantasy[3] film directed by Hiroyuki Morita, produced by Toshio Suzuki and Nozomu Takahashi, written by Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga The Cat Returns by Aoi Hiiragi, with music by Yuji Nomi, animated by Studio Ghibli. This is Hiroyuki Morita's first and only film so far as director for Studio Ghibli.

A spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, it was theatrically released in Japan on July 20, 2002 through Toho and in 2005 in the United States through Walt Disney Home Entertainment.[4] It received an Excellence Prize at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival. GKIDS re-issued the film on Blu-ray and DVD on January 16, 2018 under a new deal with Studio Ghibli.

Save the Last Dance (2001) Official Trailer # 1 - Julia Stiles HD

The Cat Returns - Official Trailer

My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43822651-my-friend-anna

Ready for a deep dive into the Spider-Verse? We sure are! We discuss the lovingly crafted Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, including representation in film, it’s ability to revitalize classic ideas and characters, the amazing visuals, authentic relationships, complex themes, and relatable characters, yes, even Spider-Ham.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Marvel. Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, it is the first animated film in the Spider-Man franchise. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman (in Persichetti and Rothman's feature directorial debuts) from a screenplay by Phil Lord and Rothman, it stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales / Spider-Man, alongside the voices of Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, and Liev Schreiber. Set in a shared multiverse called the "Spider-Verse", the film's story follows Miles Morales as he becomes the new Spider-Man and joins other Spider-People from various parallel universes to save New York City from the Kingpin.


Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Hbz2jLxvQ&ab_channel=SonyPicturesEntertainment

Clip from Black Frasier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zffv-FCEYM&ab_channel=ShadowHeart

Tragedy Gives The Hoodie A Whole New Meaning by NPR: https://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/149245834/tragedy-gives-the-hoodie-a-whole-new-meaning

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In a slightly bizarre episode we talk metacognition, what it feels like to have ADHD and take Adderall, how our visual imaginations work, and we test to see if Indy has Synesthesia, or if he’s just weird. Then we remember this is a movie podcast and preview maybe the best Marvel movie ever: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!

Visual Imagination Test: https://curingaphantasia.com/free-aphantasia-test/

Svetlana Khorkina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svetlana_Khorkina

2046 Theme by Shigeru Umebayashi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAdIlU55M1Y&ab_channel=ShigeruUmebayashi-Topic

Redbone by Childish Gambino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp7eSUU9oy8&ab_channel=ChildishGambinoVEVO

Your Forest: yourforestpodcast.com

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Rumi: rumi.ca

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. People with ADHD may also have trouble focusing their attention on a single task or sitting still for long periods of time. Both adults and children can have ADHD.


Synesthesia (American English) or synaesthesia (British English) is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes. Awareness of synesthetic perceptions varies from person to person.



Following up last week’s episode on the original, this week we are reviewing The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. We cover Anne Hathaway’s charm, Chris Pine’s hair, clone troopers, the dark side of the Genovia, what makes a cooking show, if it is better than the first, and we pitch our ideas for The Princess Diaries 3.


The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is a 2004 American family comedy film and the sequel to 2001's The Princess Diaries. Unlike the first film, this film is not based on any of the books. Most of the cast returned from the first film, including Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, and Larry Miller. Garry Marshall returned to direct and Debra Martin Chase and Whitney Houston to produce. New characters include Viscount Mabrey (John Rhys-Davies), Lord Nicholas Devereaux (Chris Pine, his film debut), and Andrew Jacoby (Callum Blue).

We’re discussing The Princess Diaries this week and whether it still has appeal to modern audiences, efigies, sleep talking, a 3 minute rant about the perils of western beauty standards and monarchies, bad best friends, and Anne Hathaway’s charm.


The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American coming-of-age comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Garry Marshall. Based on Meg Cabot's 2000 young adult novel of the same name, the film was written by Gina Wendkos and stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, with a supporting cast consisting of Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall and Robert Schwartzman. The film follows Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway), a shy American teenager who learns she is heir to the throne of a European kingdom. Under the tutelage of her estranged grandmother (Andrews), the kingdom's reigning queen, Mia must decide whether to claim the throne she has inherited or renounce her title permanently.


M&Ms were originally created for the military: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%26M%27s#History_1941-1979

Business Council of Alberta: businesscouncilAB.com/albertabetterpodcast

Taproot Edmonton: taprootedmonton.ca

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Sam talks about her favourite erotica based podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno, Indy takes a visit to the cutest town around, Penguin Town, finally we preview next week’s watch, Anne Hathaway’s debut, The Princess Diaries.

Penguin Town Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2X-1Ui3G48&ab_channel=Netflix

The Princess Diaries Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzcGwB7qat8&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers

Overdue Finds Podcast: https://www.epl.ca/podcast/

Indy’s Episode of Overdue Finds: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9vdmVyZHVlZmluZHMubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M/episode/ODkzYTIxNzk2ZDZlNDkyYWFhMGE1NDNmNjU2ZGZmYzQ

Rumi: https://www.rumi.ca/

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In our discussion of the Film Noir Classic Double Indemnity we talk Nazis, German Expressionism, women in the workplace, censorship, femme fatales, anti-heroes, wigs, a turning point of American culture, and drive through bars. Y'know, the regular stuff.

Double Indemnity is a 1944 American psychological thriller film noir directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novel of the same name, which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine, beginning in February 1936.

The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in rare cases when the death is accidental.


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Indy goes to Paris with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face, Sam likes Tara Westover’s Educated so much she double recommends it, then we preview next week’s deep dive, the classic film noir Double Indemnity.


Funny Face is a 1957 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Stanley Donen and written by Leonard Gershe, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face by the Gershwin brothers, and featuring the same male star (Fred Astaire), the plot is totally different and only four of the songs from the stage musical are included. Alongside Astaire, the film stars Audrey Hepburn and Kay Thompson.


Educated (2018) is a memoir by the American author Tara Westover. Westover recounts overcoming her survivalist Mormon family in order to go to college, and emphasizes the importance of education in enlarging her world. She details her journey from her isolated life in the mountains of Idaho to completing a PhD program in history at Cambridge University. She started college at the age of 17 having had no formal education. She explores her struggle to reconcile her desire to learn with the world she inhabited with her father.


Funny Face Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs6ASCq9YtY&ab_channel=AdlerangriffeAdlerangriffe

Educated by Tara Westover: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educated_(book)
Double Indemnity Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3wjJcuGsVE

With A Simple Favor, we go on a mysterious journey full of murder, twists, satire(?), unlikely friendships, brownie recipes, incest, fashion, secret twins, and even secreter triplets.

A Simple Favor is a 2018 American black comedy crime thriller film directed by Paul Feig from a screenplay by Jessica Sharzer, based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Andrew Rannells, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend, and Jean Smart and follows a small town vlogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and elegant friend.

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Samantha tries to solve a wedding murder with Lucy Foley’s The Guest List & Indy goes on a surreal journey with the classic Carnival of Souls. After a digression into the death of Saddam Hussein that nobody asked for, we prepare for A Simple Favor, next week’s watch. 


The Guest List: https://www.harpercollins.ca/9780062988959/the-guest-list/

Carnival of Souls Full Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW_DftBegZs&ab_channel=BestQualityPublicDomainFilmsAndTv

Death of a Dictator, the Snap Judgement episode of the death of Saddam Hussein: https://www.wnyc.org/story/death-dictator-snap-418-chain-command/

A Simple Favor Teaser Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXLWzAfE0jk

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This week we’re discussing the (underappreciated?) Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited. We talk about its fantastic soundtrack, abandonment issues, the fine line between heavy-handedness and clarity, icky train encounters, India on film, and how many aliens you could beat up.

The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson which he co-produced with Scott Rudin, Roman Coppola and Lydia Dean Pilcher and co-wrote with Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. The film stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Schwartzman as three estranged brothers who agree to meet in India a year after their father's funeral for a "spiritual journey" aboard a luxury train. The cast also includes Waris Ahluwalia, Amara Karan, Barbet Schroeder and Anjelica Huston with Natalie Portman, Camilla Rutherford, Irrfan Khan and Bill Murray in cameo roles.

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Indy hates Don Cherry, Alex Jones, Stephen A. Smith, and your hot takes on Connor McDavid, but he loves Pablo Torre (and Tony Kornheiser), Samantha regales us with Paul Tremblay’s tale of Dr. Sherman (Big Sherm) delivering babies and super-rabies; Survivor song, then we get ready to board the Wes Anderson train with next week’s big watch; The Darjeeling Limited!


The ESPN Daily Podcast with Pablo Torre: https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/27852002/the-espn-daily-podcast-how-listen-episode-guide-more


A sample of Stephen A. Smith’s idiocy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEhMOas5YMw&ab_channel=%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%8A-newstoday

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivor_Song

The Darjeeling Limited Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDm3SE5q_w8&ab_channel=cinemascope.by

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Join us for robot revolution, god dogs, bus accidents, destroyed faces, gross kissing, & more as we discuss everyone’s favourite Keanu Reeves / Sandra Bullock time traveling mailbox romance; The Lake House! 


The Lake House is a 2006 American science fiction romantic drama film directed by Alejandro Agresti, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock (who had previously appeared together in the box office hit Speed). It was written by David Auburn.[2] A remake of the South Korean motion picture Il Mare (2000), it centers on an architect living in 2004 and a doctor living in 2006 who meet via letters left in a mailbox at the lake house where they have lived at separate points in time. They carry on correspondence over two years, remaining separated by their original difference of two years.


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Samantha reviews the British period piece Downton Abbey, Indy is into soul and funk with Cymande, and we preview next week’s film, the Keanu Reeves Sandra Bullock time-travel romance, The Lake House.

The Lake House Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V02lqEpbk2Y&ab_channel=FromaLostDeck

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Downton Abbey is a British historical drama television series set in the early 20th century, created and co-written by Julian Fellowes. The series first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010, and in the United States on PBS, which supported production of the series as part of its Masterpiece Classic anthology, on 9 January 2011.


Cymande (pronounced /sɪˈmɑːndeɪ/ sih-MAHN-day) is a British funk group that was originally active in the early 1970s. The band name derives from a calypso word for "Dove", which symbolises peace and love;"Dove" is also the title of one of their best-known songs. With a membership deriving from several Caribbean nations, Cymande were noted for an eclectic mix of funk, soul, reggae, rock, African music, calypso, and jazz that they called "nyah-rock".

This week we discuss the Wong Kar Wai classic Chungking Express, the changing face of Hong Kong, stillness and transience, quirkiness and metaphor, and what a romantic comedy should be.

Chungking Express is a 1994 Hong Kong romantic crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman. The first story stars Takeshi Kaneshiro as a cop obsessed with his breakup with a woman named May, and his encounter with a mysterious drug smuggler (Brigitte Lin). The second stars Tony Leung as a police officer roused from his gloom over the loss of his flight attendant girlfriend (Valerie Chow) by the attentions of a quirky snack bar worker (Faye Wong).

"Chungking" in the title refers to Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, where Wong grew up in the 1960s. "Express" refers to the food stand Midnight Express, located in Lan Kwai Fong, an area in Central, Hong Kong.


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This week we discuss award winning YA fiction, like The Poet X & Five Feet Apart with a YRCA recap, ghosts and the supernatural with Buzzfeed Unsolved, and Indy finally introduces his favourite Wong Kar Wai film; Chungking Express! 

YRCA books at EPL: https://www.epl.ca/yrca/

Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2KKUcxAdjc&list=PLD8iUdp33PqSmH4NjDm6lk1YiNUhLCxj4&ab_channel=BuzzFeedUnsolvedNetwork

The World of Wong Kar Wai Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxSYQQvB1VQ&t=53s&ab_channel=FilmatLincolnCenter

Chungking Express Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPCug9jyG9k&ab_channel=Block2Distribution


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May 3, 2021

103 Burlesque (2010)

It’s like Cabaret mixed with a fever dream about real estate in a wig factory run by Cher. Join us as we discuss the 2010 classic Burlesque! Plus, air rights, filofax, Louboutin, twitter, ghosts, and more!

Burlesque is a 2010 American backstage musical film written and directed by Steven Antin and starring Cher and Christina Aguilera along with Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Alan Cumming, Peter Gallagher, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Dianna Agron, and Tyne Stecklein. 

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After discussing the strangest things we've seen: Samsara and The Masked Dancer, we're exploring elaborate Indian weddings with Netflix's The Big Day, further Avatar adventures in The Legend of Korra, plus we preview Burlesque!


The Big Day Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T0rQ79d90w&ab_channel=NetflixIndia


The Legend of Korra Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obb1e7fiGLw&ab_channel=IGN


Samsara Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCkEILshUyU&ab_channel=MovieclipsTrailers


Burlesque Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2r_8l1c2nQ&ab_channel=SonyPicturesEntertainment

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We made it to 100 episodes! So, to celebrate we are giving out awards to the films we have covered on the podcast, like; best performance, worst couple, best animal friend, and more!

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On our 100th episode we discuss Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away, a film full of spirits, stillness, anti-capitalist messages, bathing, giant babies, environmentalism, and kids just being kids. 

Spirited Away (Japanese: 千と千尋の神隠し, Hepburn: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 'Sen and Chihiro’s Spiriting Away') is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film, and Mitsubishi.


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This week Indy reviews the heartfelt, yet heart-breaking drama Tigertail, Samantha has taken up drinking non-alcoholic beer, and we get ready to get Spirited Away with another Hayao Miyazaki classic! 


Tigertail is a 2020 American drama film written and directed by Alan Yang. It stars Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Hayden Szeto, Lee Hong-chi, Kunjue Li, Fiona Fu, Yang Kuei-mei, James Saito and Joan Chen. It was released on April 10, 2020, by Netflix.

Tigertail Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gtxK9HjjOg&ab_channel=HDTRAILERS

Beer of the Week: Partake Stout

Spirited Away Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByXuk9QqQkk&ab_channel=MadmanAnime

Soberdry non-alcoholic beverages: https://soberdry.com/

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March 29, 2021

098 Leap Year (2010)

We discuss Leap Year, which is the love story of a woman who falls down a lot and a man who is near her. We answer the big questions, like; will Samantha still love it? Can you have a Romantic Comedy without romance and comedy? Who do the creators of this movie think less of, women or the Irish?


Leap Year is a 2010 romantic comedy road film[5] directed by Anand Tucker and written by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan. Loosely based on I Know Where I'm Going!, the film stars Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.

The film follows a real estate worker who heads to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to accept her wedding proposal on leap day, when tradition supposedly holds that men cannot refuse a woman's proposal for marriage. Her plans are interrupted by a series of events and are further complicated when she hires an Irish innkeeper to take her to her boyfriend in Dublin.[6] Principal photography took place in County Wicklow, Dublin, County Mayo, and County Galway, with filming taking place in and around the Aran Islands, Connemara, Temple Bar, Georgian Dublin, Wicklow National Park, and Olaf Street, Waterford.


Mathew Good Band- Load Me Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xOplqgcg3g&ab_channel=MatthewGoodBandVEVO

Kiss the girl scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9jS6a7rIVQ&ab_channel=Movieclips

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After an introduction which is sure to anger the large anti-vax population, Samantha suggests New Amsterdam, a show destined to fill the Grey’s Anatomy shaped hole in your heart, Indy is deep in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and then we preview next week’s movie; the 2010 Romantic Comedy Leap year.

New Amsterdam is an American medical drama television series, based on the book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer, that premiered on September 25, 2018 on NBC. The series was created by David Schulner and stars Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher, and Tyler Labine.

Avatar: The Last Airbender, known as Avatar: The Legend of Aang in some regions, is an American animated television series produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It was co-created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, with Aaron Ehasz as head writer. It aired on Nickelodeon for three seasons, from February 2005 to July 2008.[2] Avatar is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people can manipulate one of the four elements—water, earth, fire, or air—with telekinetic variants of the Chinese martial arts known as "bending". The only individual who can bend all four elements, the "Avatar", is responsible for maintaining harmony between the world's four nations, and serves as the bridge between the spirit world and the physical world. The show is presented in a style that combines anime with American cartoons, and relies on the imagery of mainly East Asian culture, with some South Asian, New World, and Inuit and Sireniki influences.


New Amsterdam Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvMCbzrToAo&ab_channel=JoBloStreaming%26TVTrailers

Avatar: The Last Airbender Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz7EsOua-D4&ab_channel=FramePlay-MediaConservatory

Leap Year Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrlQBsd8LsE&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers


An article on HIV Vaccines: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/will-there-ever-be-an-hiv-vaccine/


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March 15, 2021

096 Raging Bull (1980)

In our discussion of Raging Bull, we look at the unique situation that brought about the film, the places of Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese in cinema history, boxing in film, toxic masculinity, redemption, method acting, and the danger of films being seen as that which they critique.


Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin from Jake LaMotta's 1970 memoir Raging Bull: My Story. The film, distributed by United Artists, stars Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, an Italian-American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive and obsessive rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite destroyed his relationship with his wife and family. Also featured in the film are Joe Pesci as Joey, LaMotta's well-intentioned brother and manager who tries to help Jake battle his inner demons, and Cathy Moriarty as his wife. Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, and Frank Vincent all play supporting roles in the film.


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After 5 minutes of cheese talk, Indy channels his inner Trekkie with Star Trek Voyager, Sam impersonates a MySpace girl and watches Catfish on MTV, then we preview next week's movie: Raging Bull!

Plus, we touch on Scarface, Ghostbusters, Chungking Express, Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, and Joker. You know, the usuals.


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Star Trek Voyager Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkojUV81KFg&ab_channel=TrekCore


Catfish Season 5 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqgaIT5Oqao&ab_channel=MTVCatfish

Raging Bull Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUp6d79WRVI&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers 

After a brief talk about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe should go, we reunite with our favourite sisterhood and our third favourite pair of pants. Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are all back to recapture the magic of friendship, abs, and denim.


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a 2008 American comedy-drama film and a sequel to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The original cast (Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel) return to star in the film. It was directed by Sanaa Hamri and screenplay by Elizabeth Chandler, who wrote the previous film. The film is based upon the fourth novel in the book series: Forever in Blue (2007), but incorporates scenes and storylines from The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (2003) and Girls in Pants (2004).

Sam is reading the Outlander novels, Indy reviews a Mugison album, and we prepare to reunite with our favourite sisters in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2!


Mugison: http://www.mugison.com/
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gWcI4MkR3A&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers


Outlander (published in the United Kingdom as Cross Stitch) is the first in a series of eight multi-genre novels by Diana Gabaldon. Published in 1991, it focuses on the Second World War-era nurse Claire Randall, who travels through time to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Jamie Fraser. A mix of several genres, the Outlander series has elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and fantasy. With 25 million copies sold, Outlander is one of the best-selling book series of all time. Outlander won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Romance of 1991. A television adaptation of the Outlander series premiered on Starz in the US on August 9, 2014.


Örn Elías Guðmundsson, aka Mugison, is one of Iceland's hippest musicians. His thundering voice and roaring blues guitar propel listeners to crank up the volume, as they fall in love with his no-nonsense attitude and experimental sound. 

In a very bizarre episode, Sam & Indy end up watching all of the Before Trilogy, recording in a hotel room, and telling uncharacteristically personal stories. Romance, flooding, secret movies, and more!


Before Sunrise is a 1995 American romantic drama film directed by Richard Linklater and written by Linklater and Kim Krizan. The film follows Jesse (Ethan Hawke), a young American man, and Céline (Julie Delpy), a young French woman, who meet on a train and disembark in Vienna, where they spend the night walking around the city and getting to know and falling in love with each other.
The plot is considered minimalistic, consisting mostly of the characters' conversation as they navigate the city. The two characters' contrasting ideas and perspectives on life and love are detailed. Jesse is a romantic disguised as a cynic, and Céline is seemingly a romantic, albeit with some doubts. Taking place over the course of one night, their limited time together is always on their minds, and leads to each revealing a lot about themselves partly because they both initially believe they will never see each other again.

Before Sunset is a 2004 American romantic drama film, the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995). Like its predecessor, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. He shares screenplay credit with actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and with Kim Krizan, the screenwriter for the first film featuring these two characters.
The film picks up the story in Before Sunrise of the young American man (Hawke) and French woman (Delpy) who spent a passionate night together in Vienna. Their paths intersect nine years later in Paris, and the film appears to take place in real time as they spend an afternoon together.
Before Sunset received broad critical acclaim and has appeared on many publications' lists of the best films of the 2000s. It was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Before Midnight is a 2013 American romantic drama film, the third in a trilogy featuring two characters, following Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). It was directed by Richard Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Co-written by Linklater, Hawke and Delpy, the film picks up the story nine years after the events of Before Sunset; Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy) are now a couple, and spending a summer vacation in Greece with their children.

This week we have spoiler-free reviews of John Woo’s bullet-ballet Hard Boiled and Netflix’s Australian reality show Instant Hotel. Then Indy sneakily previews next week’s watch; Before Sunrise and the entire Before Trilogy!

Hard-Boiled teahouse shootout: https://youtu.be/kjbibHyDZkE

Hard-Boiled Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqMPzcGQJzA&ab_channel=TueNguyen

Instant Hotel Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL3mbpmTAFo&ab_channel=What%27sonNetflix
Before Sunrise Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MUcuqbGTxc&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers


Hard Boiled (Chinese: 辣手神探)[2] is a 1992 Hong Kong action film directed by John Woo and written by Barry Wong. The film stars Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-wai as Alan, an undercover cop, and Anthony Wong as Johnny Wong, a leader of the criminal triads.
Hard Boiled was John Woo's last Hong Kong film before his transition to Hollywood. After making films that glamorized gangsters (and receiving criticism for doing so), Woo wanted to make a Dirty Harry styled film to glamorize the police. After the death of screenwriter Barry Wong, the film's screenplay underwent constant changes during filming. New characters such as Mad Dog and Mr. Woo were introduced, while the original plotline of a baby-poisoning psychopath was cut.

Instant Hotel is an Australian reality television series which began airing on the Seven Network on 7 November 2017.[1] The series follows homeowners who have transformed their homes into hotels and are individually judged by each other to receive the highest scores with the winner to win an ultimate prize.


The Before trilogy consists of three films directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as lovers Jesse and Céline at three different parts of their lives. The trilogy consists of the films Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). Filmed and set at nine-year intervals, each film takes place over the course of a few hours. A short sequence in the animated anthology film Waking Life also features the characters.

We're talking about the sleepover classic The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a film full of romance, friendship, statutory rape, mystery chairs, and magic pants. 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American comedy-drama film directed by Ken Kwapis from a screenplay by Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ann Brashares. The film stars America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. The story follows four best friends who buy a mysterious pair of pants that fits each of them despite their differing sizes. The girls share the pants equally as they spend their first summer apart.

Samantha watches 18th century Scottish hunks, while Indy has 19th century Japanese vengeance demons. Then we reveal next week’s pick, which is will be perfect for your next slumber party!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eV1IkLvTe1I&t=45s&ab_channel=WarnerBros.

Lady Snowblood Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKZmm04l4Og&ab_channel=ThomasCrommentuyn

Outlander Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFFKjptRr7Y&ab_channel=SonyPicturesatHomeUK

Outlander is a historical drama television series based on the novel series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. Developed by Ronald D. Moore, the show premiered on August 9, 2014, on Starz. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married former World War II nurse who in 1945 finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743. There she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite risings.

Lady Snowblood (Japanese: 修羅雪姫, Hepburn: Shurayuki-hime) is a 1973 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Toshiya Fujita and starring Meiko Kaji.[2] It is based on the manga series of the same name, recounting the tale of Yuki, a woman who seeks vengeance upon three of the people who raped her mother and killed her father and brother. The film's narrative is told out of chronological order, jumping between present and past events.
Lady Snowblood was released theatrically in Japan on December 1, 1973, and was distributed by Toho. It spawned a sequel, Love Song of Vengeance (1974), and served as inspiration for the Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill.

January 18, 2021

088 Children of Men (2006)

This week we're looking at Children of Men, an expertly crafted dystopian drama that was underappreciated when it came out, but is painfully relevant today.

Single shot car scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfBSncUspBk&has_verified=1&ab_channel=SharpXmedia

Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction action-thriller film co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James' 1992 novel The Children of Men, was credited to five writers, with Clive Owen making uncredited contributions. The film takes place in 2027, when two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where they are subjected to detention and refoulement by the government. Owen plays civil servant Theo Faron, who must help refugee Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos. Children of Men also stars Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris, and Charlie Hunnam.

Indy brings us down with talk of our inevitable demise; the singularity, Aliens, & black holes. Oh my! Samantha has discovered a new Netflix teen dance drama. Then we introduce next week’s feature, the underrated dystopian drama Children of Men. 

ProTip: If you want to skip extinction talk and go right to the ballet TV review, go to the 35 minute mark!


Children of Men Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VT2apoX90o&ab_channel=MovieclipsClassicTrailers

Toby Ord: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toby_Ord

Nick Bostrom: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Bostrom

Future of Humanity Institute: https://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/

Tiny Pretty Things Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSs_bznLjPo&ab_channel=Netflix

A little Canadian comedy, a prototype for a classless Utopia, cult hit, critical success, Schitt's Creek is all of these things and more! Samantha and Indy look at the characters, relationships, comedy and unique outlook that make Schitt's Creek a must-watch TV show.


Willkommen from Cabaret (1998): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53fmKTDmLqg&ab_channel=PCTers


Schitt's Creek (styled Schitt$ Creek) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Dan Levy and his father Eugene Levy that aired on CBC Television from January 13, 2015, to April 7, 2020.[1] It consists of 80 episodes spread over six seasons.[2][3] Produced by Not a Real Company Productions[4] and Anonymous Content, the series follows the trials and tribulations of the formerly wealthy Rose family when they are forced to relocate to Schitt's Creek, a small town they once purchased as a joke.[5] Now living in a motel, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) and Moira Rose (Catherine O'Hara)—along with their adult children, David (Dan Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy)—must adjust to life without money and with each other.[5]

Samantha relives her retail past with the sitcom Superstore, Indy takes a psychedelic drive with the Goat album World Music, then we prepare for next week’s episode on Schitt’s Creek!


Superstore trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgZXnTZbF3g&ab_channel=TVPromos

GOAT live at the Roskilde Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzHZR6ZeCew&ab_channel=lateralis

Schitt’s creek Trailer:

Goat is a Swedish alternative and experimental fusion music group. The band originates—according to its own publicity—from KorpilomboloNorrbotten County.[1] Their first album World Music, was released on 20 August 2012 by Rocket Recordings,[2] and in North America on the Sub Pop label. The group released their third studio album, Requiem, in October 2016.


Superstore is an American sitcom television series that premiered on NBC on November 30, 2015.[2] The series was created by Justin Spitzer, who served as an executive producer for four seasons.[3][4] Starring America Ferrera (who also serves as an executive producer) until her departure in the sixth season and Ben Feldman (who also serves as a producer), Superstore follows a group of employees working at "Cloud 9", store number 1217, a fictional big-box store in St. LouisMissouri. The ensemble and supporting cast includes Lauren AshColton DunnNico SantosNichole SakuraMark McKinney, and Kaliko Kauahi


In our final holiday episode of 2020, we discuss the humour, relationships, setting, child-like wonder, and creepiness that make the Finnish film Rare Exports something special.


Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish fantasy film written and directed by Jalmari Helander about people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus. The film is based on the 2003 short film Rare Exports Inc., and its 2005 sequel Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions, by Jalmari Helander and Juuso Helander, both of which involve a company that traps wild Santa Clauses and trains and exports them to locations around the world.

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